Browser gaming seems the best option for those who are hesitant to install content on their machines. Yes, it’s true that most games nowadays require installation due to high demands when it comes to hardware components, but in-browser gaming can also be a load of fun. At least for classic games like chess, poker, or backgammon, this is the case: they are most often played directly into the browser.
But what technology supports in-browser gaming the best? Not until long ago, Adobe’s Flash was doing all the work. But in the meantime, HTML has constantly been evolving from a simple markup language to the point that it brought its own way of displaying multimedia content like videos or games. It’s now called HTML5, and it already has the upper hand against Adobe’s Flash. Since 2014 to nowadays, Flash had to face a terrible downfall, from being used for most websites.
Flash will be gone for good by the end of 2020
Two of the most popular browsers out there, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, are planning to completely get rid of Adobe’s Flash by the end of the current year. And it’s understandable.
Flash is very insecure, with CVE Details (a CVE security vulnerability database/information source) finding a staggering amount of over 1000 vulnerabilities about Adobe’s multimedia platform. Flash is even less efficient for mobile devices, causing rapid battery-drain and taking advantage of too many resources.
What HTML5 brings new
Basically, it’s capable of doing everything Flash does, only better. HTML5 doesn’t require the user to download or install third-party software for developing apps. HTML5 is natively supported in the browser.
Even more, HTML5 eliminates accessibility issues for users with disabilities. Flash had this problem for quite a while, but HTML5 found a simple solution: all its elements can be designed with text alternatives for screen readers, and thus people with disabilities can understand what those elements are.
It’s obvious that between the old Flash from Adobe and HTML5, the second one takes the cake. Luckily for us, technology is evolving in a direction that it assures people more and more comfort. And in this picture, Flash is simply obsolete.